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Did you know that Former MMDA Chairman had a crush on actress Hilda Koronel when he was young which he first met in a film shooting in Tagaytay.

That he confessed during a thanksgiving party with the press held at Annabel's in Tomas Morato.

At the event, he announced a very important news - He is proposing the Film Development Act of 2016 that will provide government subsidies to local filmmakers who will compete in international filmfests.


He vows to continue helping and reviving the Philippine film industry, which he said has been severely affected by piracy and the entry of foreign films.


Tolentino noted that the expense of film making has rapidly increased that it’s cheaper to import foreign films than produce movies locally.

"I want to continue my advocacy in reviving our film industry by giving incentives"

The MMFF

Under Tolentino, films that competed in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) experienced impressive gross earnings.

He also established the ongoing Cinefone or cell phone film festival for high school and college students nationwide. The festival showcases students’ works featuring 3-minute films based on single themes such as environment protection, disaster preparedness and road safety. Tolentino also supported indie films by establishing the New Wave section and student short film competition and initiated the first MMFF animation category.

The first MMFF international filmfest involving various embassies was also accomplished under Tolentino.



In addition, Tolentino also started the nationwide lectures on filmmaking and short courses on film production for college students.


Film Development Act 2016

Tolentino is proposing the Film Development Act of 2016 that will provide government subsidies to local filmmakers who will compete in international filmfests. Winners will also receive rewards.

Local film producers will also be given tax incentives especially when they produce during summer months when foreign films are released worldwide.

Tolentino said under his proposed law, film industry employees and their immediate family members will be provided with health and medical and educational support.

Films that promote Filipino values, culture and history will be given funding and technology assistance and promotional support if these are shown abroad.

He said regional filmfests will be supported by local governments while anti-film piracy laws will be strengthened.

“It’s really important to help our Filipino filmmakers and producers as a way of encouraging them to continue making movies,” 



Francis Tolentino spearheaded the MMDA official twitter account which responds 24/7 to netizens. 

He was also the key person to launch the MMDA Traffic Navigator app.

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